A Father to the Fatherless

by Joanna Pierce on November 08, 2017

I remember the day the envelop came in the mail. I hurriedly tore open the seal, and pulled out the contents. My fingers quickly shuffled through the paperwork as I eagerly searched for the “enclosed” item. There, a little boy under the age of 5, with sunken, tired eyes and a hesitant smile, gazed up at me from the picture. My heart caught in my throat as I wondered how someone this precious didn’t have any parents, someone to love him, or tuck him in every night…

I was attending a Ladies Conference several years ago when I first heard about Tupelo Children’s Mansion (TCM). TCM is a home for lost and unwanted children, where children can receive love and care from the ministry staff and house parents. But, TCM is unique, in that the children, campus, and other needs are completely supported by donors.

The Lord immediately spoke to me about supporting this ministry, and I went home to talk with my husband about it. Shortly after, we became sponsors of a little boy. Through the years, we’ve been blessed to see several children adopted and placed in good, Christian homes.

Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him. A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation (Psalms 68:4–5, KJV).

There are thousands of children in the US alone that live without the love of earthly parents, and millions more throughout the globe. Like many of the children at TCM, they haven’t known love most of their lives. While some people have refused them love and care, they all have a Heavenly Father who is looking out for them, and providing a greater love than any parent could give.

God is able to send forth every good gift unto us and to these children (Matthew 7:11), especially without the aid of any human. He’s God, and there’s nothing impossible for Him! But, He chooses to ask us to partner with Him and to be a vessel He can work through on earth. He wants to use our hands and feet, the finances He’s blessed us with, our time in prayer, and so much more, to help children in need.

Sunday, November 12, is Orphan Sunday. This is an opportunity for all of us to stand for and support orphans (Isaiah 1:17). We are called to care for the children who have no families, uphold them in prayer, fast for their spiritual well-being, and be a help in any capacity we can.

If you are financially able, be a partner with TCM, or an organization of your choice. If you can’t support a child alone, join a friend, and be a dual-supporter. My husband and I have been blessed beyond imagination for being a sponsor to these children. You have no idea what God has in store for you if you’re willing to help out someone in need.

If you can’t help financially, you can fast for them weekly, pray for them daily, and ask God to open the doors of your finances to be able to bless an orphan in need. Let’s not forget our charge to help the orphans. Our Father wants us to help, and experience the joy of seeing a child grow into something God always intended them to be.